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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2: "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" (Königin)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sabine Devieilhe, Raphael Pichon, Ensemble Pygmalion
02:41
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Bagatelle in A Minor, WoO 59, "Für Elise"
Ludwig van Beethoven, Ronald Brautigam
03:41
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Schubert : 3 Marches militaires, Op. 51, D. 733: No. 1 in D Major
Franz Schubert, Daniel Barenboim
05:01
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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Ballet), Op. 20, Act 2: No. 10, Scène (Moderato)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn
02:46
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Minuet in F, K.2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ton Koopman
01:03
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Allegro in B flat, K.3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ton Koopman
01:01
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Cassation in G Major for Toys, Two Oboes, Two Horns, Strings and Continuo in G Major "Toy Symphony": III. Allegro
Leopold Mozart, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
04:17
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Le Quattro Stagioni - Concerto No. 1, Op. 8 RV 269: La Primavera (Spring) I. Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi, Rachel Podger
03:24
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Ballet, Op. 71, Act 1: No. 2 March
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker
02:25
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Serenade in G, K.525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": 1. Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Concerto Köln, Anton Steck
07:30
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Boléro
Maurice Ravel, Lorin Maazel
14:42
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 14c: Pas de deux. Variation II "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy"
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Valery Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
02:03
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Piano Sonata in A major, K.331: III. Alla turca. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kristian Bezuidenhout
03:23
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Carmen: Prélude
Georges Bizet, Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre
03:23
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Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee
André Previn
01:24
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Radetzky-Marsch, Op. 228 (Urfassung)
Johann Strauss I, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien
03:37
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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, Act 1: No. 13, Dance of the Knights (Complete Ballet)
Sergei Prokofiev, André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra
05:41
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Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor, WoO 1 No. 5 (Orch. Schmeling)
Johannes Brahms, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado
02:18
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Canon & Gigue, P. 37: I. Canon a 3 Violinis con Basso c.
Johann Pachelbel, Gli Incogniti, Amandine Beyer
03:34
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Le Carnaval des Animaux, R. 125: 7. Aquarium
Camille Saint-Saëns, Pascal Rogé, Cristina Ortiz, London Sinfonietta, Charles Dutoit
02:31
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Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Overture
Gioachino Rossini, London Classical Players, Sir Roger Norrington
07:09
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Le voyage dans la lune / Ballet des Flocons de neige: Galop final
Jacques Offenbach, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski
02:56

Classical Music to Share with Your Kids

The perfect playlist to help your kids develop the same impeccable taste in classical music as you.

Why do some pieces of classical music speak to kids more than others? For example, my 6-year-old nephew knows almost all of Mozart’s The Magic Flute by heart. It's quite simple. Get your child to listen to “Der Hölle Rache” (The Queen of the Night aria) and I bet you anything that they’ll immediately know the melody and will still be singing it to you tomorrow. 

Is the fact that Mozart himself started composing at such a young age something to do with it? Listen to the two pieces he wrote aged 5 and they already point in the direction of a genius. Then 30 years later, with his celebrated Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music), he was still a hit with young audiences!

Of course there are other composers who have written works that young people find irresistible – Pachelbel’s famous Canon, the music from Tchaikovski’s ballets, Ravel’s Boléro, and Le Carnaval des animaux (Carnival of the Animals) by Saint-Saëns are just a few examples.

And, just as a side-note, when it comes to awakening young ears to classical music, nothing can beat experiencing it live. It is in the first watching of an instrument being played that the greatest musicians are born. So, begin by getting your young ones to listen to this playlist, show them Ingmar Bergman’s poetic The Magic Flute... then, as soon as the music venues reopen, hurry to a concert!

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